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Scent Name: Hexennacht 2019

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Limited Edition

Scent Description and Notes: “The Night of the Witches. In the Teutonic calendar, April 30, not October 31, was the night that the witches congregated to celebrate their Work through ecstatic dance, wild music and revelry. The witches fêted with spirits, fairies, and a bevy of otherworldly creatures atop Brockenberg peak in the Harz region of Germany, where they lit an enormous bonfire and cavorted naked until midnight… at which point they donned their robes, boarded their brooms, flying rams and sacred goats, scooped up their cat familiars, and sped off into the night. In later days, it was believed that on this night the witches conjured the devil, who would then select one of them for his bride.

This perfume is the scent of the witches’ revel: German fir and forest herbs, incense and bonfire smoke, broom straw, and the wet, glimmering scent of skin warmed by dance.

Illustration by Stefan Eggeler, 1922.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/limited-edition-in-memoriam/hexennacht-perfume-oil/

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Absinthetics. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The label art on the imp is the same that appears on the bottle.

Scent:

  • ITI: I was expecting something much more herbal and foresty, but there’s something strangely sweet like beeswax or raspberry leaf in here over a strange but oddly familiar aquatic note. 
  • Wet: I’m still getting aquatic and sweet, but the straw note is more distinct on the skin. I’m wondering if the aquatic tone is the salty skin note. Swirling far in the distinct is a sliver of incense smoke, but I’d say this scent is primarily aquatic and lightly herbal at this point.
  • Dry:  Ah, there we go.  After 2 hours, the scent finally reveals a soft, fragrant fir note mingled with faded incense, straw, dried herbs, and salty skin musk.  That’s much better.

Other Impressions:  “It’s a pleasant, non-descript spice.  It’s not really remarkable, but I like it.  It’s nice.” -Tony